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Volume 11 Issue 5 - February 2006

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There isn't anything we

There isn't anything we can say about the Mirvish Lord of the Rings that you aren't going to hear somewhere else if you're interested. (And maybe even if you aren't.) So let's fast-forward instead to the next mandatory musical media megawave -- the one that will roll down University Avenue this coming September when the other big daddy of the Rings rolls into town. Each week for 3 weeks, 2000 people will witness all four operas of the Ring Cycle, back to back, at the new opera house. Six thousand lucky customers in all, over the three weeks, will fork out an average 00 for the eighteen-hour thrill. Meanwhile, all going well for the little folk, the Mirvish hobbits will still be strutting their stuff at the Princess of Wales, raking in a steady million a week, in weeks 28-31 of an initially-projected 34-week run. Don't mistake me. I'm not about to launch into a discussion of the respective merits of wearing your brows high and only falling short million in ticket sales over production expenses; or gambling on coming up with a show popular enough to run more than the six months it will take to recover its costs. Both will be tangible benefits for the old town, in all kinds of ways that smart people can measure. What I'd most love to be able to measure, is whether the COC juggernaut rolling down University Ave makes any kind of dent in the attendance at the Ring around the comer on King. I' II wager the Mirvish attendance meter won't even flicker. (Mind you, by the same token I don't think either Ring will have much impact on attendance at the live music - - the 3,500 concerts a year -- that you'll find at the warm heart ofWholeNote.) There's room for a lot of different musical interests in this town. Which brings me full cycle. As I said, there isn't anything we could say about the Mirvish Ring that you aren't going to hear somewhere else if you're interested. Except that I have an extremely rare Tolkien single volume first edition Rings that I would be happy to show you by appointment. If you' re interested, that is. David Perlman Some of our upcoming editorial features and special directories March: Summer Music Education (closes Feb 15) April: Focus on Opera (closes March 15) May: Canary Pages (Choral Directory) (closes April 12) June: Green pages (Summer Festival Scene) (closes May 15) October: Blue Pages (Presenter Profiles) (closes September 12) l J 0 -I hi JL be our guest - the page ten poll In our last issue, in an attempt to get to know our readers better, we thought it would be fun to get our readers to answer a few questions about their emotional response to music in an on-line poll. Tums out that most of you will shed a tear or two over a particularly moving musical moment, but these moments are not a regular occurrence. Poll #2: 'Fess Up This month's poll looks into an issue appearing often on the radar of record­ ed music. To respond to this poll, go to and confess. Our readers mostly find choral, vocal, operatic and orchestral music to be the most moving, and the experience most likely to spark this is a live concert or a favorite recording. We are also happy to report that 2/3 of you eat breakfast all the time, while not a single person that responded to our survey admitted to never eating his or her daily bowl of Wheaties. Which proves, of course, what we knew all along, that music lovers are smart people who know that skipping the most important meal of the day does not prepare one for the day's duties; and that the day's duties sometimes include crying over one's oatmeal while listening to CBC Radio Two. Congrats to the ten randomly chosen responders to our poll, who each received a year's free subscription to WholeNote. More detailed results from last month's poll are available on our website. 1) Have you downloaded music off an internet site? 2) Do you pay for the music files you get off the internet or do you download for free? 3) Do you make burnt copies of bought CDs or mixed CDs? 4) What type of music would you say you habitually acquire the most of? PRIZES: to be eligible for gift subscriptions to WholeNote (only four this time!), include a valid email address with your response, and the first three digits of your postal code. "Be our Guest" invites WholeNote readers' responses to views expressed in WholeNote. E-mail 10 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 7 2006

presents Bollywood Brass Sunday, February, 5, 2006, 3 p.m., Jane Mallett Theatre Curtis Metcalf, Resident Conductor Autorickshaw, Guest Ensemble: Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley, Rich Brown, Debashis Sinha Th e HSSB will collaborate with the award-winning Autorickshaw in an afternoon of world-inspired musicmaking. A. R. Raham's Urvashi, Urvashi and Suba Sankaran's arrangement entitled Bollywood Brass w ill be performed. Autorickshaw will perform Saraswati by Sankaran and Ganamurthy by ThygarJa Jazz will make its way into our concert w hen the brass of the HSSB are added to Autorickshaw's unique arrangements of Gillespie's A Night in Tunisia and Ellington's Caravan . "Silver-plated music making all the way" ' William Littler, The TorontoStar Call the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office at 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or book on-line at Visit us at torontoa rtscounc i I ,, ,,., ,,.:

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